Barnsley sign ex-Coventry City defender Martin Cranie

Martin Cranie

Barnsley have signed defender Martin Cranie on a one-year contract.

Cranie, 25, has been a free agent since leaving relegated Coventry at the end of last season.

He made 114 league appearances during his three seasons with the Sky Blues, having joined them from Portsmouth.

Tykes boss Keith Hill told BBC Radio Sheffield: "He's an exceptional player and he'll come in to the squad and add some real versatility. I think he's an excellent signing."

The former England Under-21 international spent time on trial at Leeds United earlier this summer but failed to earn a contract with the Elland Road club.

Cranie could make his debut for Barnsley, who opened their league campaign with a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday, away at Wolves on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Oakwell side are battling against an injury crisis ahead of the trip to Molineux.

Jim McNulty (hamstring), Paul Digby (thigh), Matt Done and John Stones (both knee) are all set to miss out after picking up injuries over the weekend.

Hill said: "We're down to 13 available outfield senior pros. We can't rest or rotate players and we need to be able to do that.

"To have in excess of 10 players in the treatment room is something we need to look at."

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